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Negroni Verte

1 oz Aqua Perfecta Basil Eau De Vie

1 1/4 oz dry vermouth

3/4 oz Green Chartreuse

1 bar spoon St. George Absinthe Verte

For those who can’t get enough of the seemingly ubiquitous red cocktail, we offer a decidedly non-red riff. Compositionally, Negronis are built on the interplay of sweet, bitter, and aromatic. Here, we’ve swapped out each ingredient in the standard issue recipe with one that accomplishes the same gustatory goal while pulling the the drink in a more green direction—both in color and in flavor. Chartreuse, like Campari, is a bittersweet homage to herbs (and a liqueur of rapturous hue.) Dry vermouth, in place of the typical sweet, tempers the sugar in the drink to maintain its balance. Our Basil Eau De Vie takes the place of the gin, substituting the leaf of its eponymous plant for the berry of the juniper bush. A splash of our Absinthe Verte pulls everything together. To mix, add all ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir ten seconds, then strain into a tumbler holding a large cube of ice. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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